Update: Those making calculations for 2016 better listen to our warnings and the sooner the better. Our warning is partially but insufficiently being listened to by those up for election in 2014. Here we go: HHS official hints at extending ObamaCare enrollment period as Joe Manchin drafts bill to delay mandate. There are already the necessary six Obama Dimocrats (Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan, Begich, Shaheen, Manchin) lined up to pass a bill in the Senate designed to help them avoid responsibility for their ObaminationCare votes.
Our advice for Republicans remains the same as before. Now that Obama Dimocrats running for election next year try to punt ObaminationCare until after next year’s elections – just like Barack Obama avoided the ObaminationCare implementation before his reelection – Republicans should not fall into this ploy and instead take our advice: “Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It“. “Ram it right down Barack Obama’s throat in 2014. Kill ObamaCare before it kills you.”
We recently got some flak because of our smart, not particularly tough, warnings to Hillary Clinton 2016 and Hillary Clinton supporters generally. No surprise to us. We issued a lot of smart warnings in 2008 about Barack Obama which angered some Hillary Clinton supporters who demanded we “play nice” and only say “nice” things about Hillary and ignore the stink of B.O.
Seeing danger we shout “DANGER” but lemmings want to jump over that cliff and resent our red flags and red stop signs. “Let us jump!” squeal the lemmings. The lemmings demand that we stay silent as we watch Hillary and Bill tie themselves to ObamaCare. We shout “DANGER”.
Those that want to tie Hillary Clinton to ObamaCare and dragged down under the sea like Ahab should realize that the most hated aspect of ObamaCare is the individual mandate and that Obama argued against it in 2008 and Hillary Clinton argued for it because it was part of a comprehensive plan for health care which included items Obama has given away such as Medicare negotiated prices for drugs. None of this will matter in 2016. The video that will be played over and over and used by Obama as a defense to shift the blame for ObamaCare to Hillary is a variation of this one:
The entirety of the disaster called ObamaCare will soon be blamed on Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton should immediately denounce ObamaCare and attack the horrible mess in its entirety and especially its roll out. Hillary Clinton should also attack the fact that ObamaCare is not affordable despite its Orwellian use of that word.
In 2008 Barack Obama discussed why he was opposed to the mandate. Barack Obama stated that people did not buy health insurance because it was not affordable. Barack Obama added then that a mandate would not necessarily mean affordable. Why opponents of ObamaCare have forgotten Obama’s words on this matter is a mystery. Every ObamaCare opponent should replay Barack Obama’s words on affordability:
The mandate, mandate enforceability, and affordability was a big issue in 2008 and there are a lot of videos that will soon be revisited. Hillary Clinton talked about health care and Barack Obama talked about health insurance. Much of what Hillary Clinton said in 2008 is true today. Barack Obama proposed a health plan that even today at full implementation will not cover everybody. Barack Obama had a bad plan and he made it worse. Barack Obama then loaded incompetence onto treachery to buy himself a wealthy post presidency future serving on the boards of the industries he has so enriched.
ObamaCare, the Affordable Care Act, is an enrichment program for the health insurance companies and the drug industry. The sooner Hillary Clinton details her profound differences with ObamaCare the likelier she will have a successful run in 2016. But it is imperative that Hillary Clinton separate herself from ObamaCare. The Obama protection squads at Politico are waving red flags her way:
“Dems caught in Obamacare uproar
It’s not the GOP that President Barack Obama has to worry about in defending his botched health care rollout, it’s fellow Democrats.
They voted for the law, sang its praises for three-plus years and still believe in the promise of health care reform. But now they face a conundrum: stay in lock step with Obama and risk their credibility as advocates for the law’s benefits or publicly criticize the administration for its recent problems — especially a failure to more quickly acknowledge, and rectify, the major malfunction of its Internet marketplace.
It’s a particularly vexing question for Democrats worried about their party’s chances in the 2014 midterm elections, and, increasingly, they’re opting for the latter strategy. [snip]
Democratic political strategists are racing to find the safest ground for 2014 House and Senate candidates who support the law but don’t want to be dragged down if things don’t get better — and fast.”
There are some Hillary Clinton 2016 supporters who will not be happy with our call for Hillary to attack ObamaCare as the health scam it is. Indeed these Hillary Clinton 2016 supporters share a belief with many Republicans/conservatives which we find deluded at best. The argument is that the overt and hideous ObamaCare failure is part of a plan and that Hillary Clinton can easily take advantage of this planned failure.
This ObamaCare failure, argue Republicans/conservatives and some Hillary Clinton 2016 supporters, is a planned smart scheme to get to a government run single payer system. According to this theory Hillary Clinton can run in 2016 on support of ObamaCare and promises to improve it with more steps towards single payer. This is a cute argument for a “step in the right direction” towards single payer but it fails. Put aside the pros and cons of single payer. If the simple technical aspects of ObamaCare such as a website so elude the government and are such a catastrophe how will total government control work? The argument is the government can’t get this baby to crawl so lets devise a system which demands the baby run.
This baby cannot run. If anything this Frankenstein baby has thus far not approached the cars flying by as it attempts to cross the street. That dangerous roadway is the central ObamaCare policy not yet reached because technical barriers have blocked people from seeing it due to the technical aspects which have so utterly failed. And in this case the technical is all. Unlike the Apple phone which is only one product in the cell phone marketplace – the ObamaCare websites are the entirety of the marketplace.
So, what will Hillary say about ObamaCare? Let’s look at what others, including some really big ObamaCare supporters are saying. First up, John Dickerson who declares that Barack Obama is headed towards a “credibility death spiral” on ObamaCare.:
MSNBC Obama Praetorian Chuck Todd:
“Five days before the launch, the president said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak,” Todd recalled. “Who misled him? Who misled the president on this?”
“Are you telling me five days before that somebody let the president go out to the American public to give this speech and say this and make this promise?” Todd continued. “In fact, the next line is, ‘I promise you, this is a lot easier, it’s like booking a hotel or plane ticket.’ Who let him down?”
Chuck is still looking for someone other than Barack Obama to blame. Hillary won’t be safe from Chuckie’s wrath.
“After President Obama gave out the phone number for the official Obamacare registration hotline Monday morning, radio host Sean Hannity called in to speak with a human representative. In the ensuing conversation, the conservative host grilled a call operator, asking her questions about the glitchy Obamacare website before veering into awkward small talk about politics, talk radio, and snow in Florida. [snip]
Hannity complimented for the operator for being so polite and kind, but also asked her questions that could possibly put her job on the line: “Have you ever gotten anyone who really likes it yet?” he asked at another point. “Um, not really,” she admitted, sending the radio host into a fit of laughter.”
The soon to be fired “human representative” stated that the ObamaCare website would be down for the next couple of days. How long the ObamaCare website will be “inoperative” triggered a question from ABC’s Jonathan Karl:
“Shortly after President Obama delivered remarks on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney conducted a briefing in which he seemed to leave open the possibility that the problems with the Obamacare website could immunize consumers from the individual mandate, while also appearing to rule it out. ABC News’ Jon Karl emphatically pressed Carney to delay the individual mandate, and CBS News’ Major Garrett pressed Carney for clarification.
After Carney told CNN’s Brianna Keilar that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act makes allowances for those who fail to acquire health insurance due to a lack of access, such as those in states where Republican governors refused to expand Medicaid, Karl cut to the chase. “Given all the problems we have seen with people trying to enroll in this program, is the White House going to be delaying the mandate?”
“That is not at all what I was saying,” Carney replied.
“Well, why not?” Karl cut in. “Why not delay? You are going to charge people a fine for not enrolling.”
Poor Jonathan, it’s like getting blood from a website:
Add Consumer Reports to the list of racists that are out to sabotage Barack Obama’s pension supplementation program:
“Consumer Reports Reviews Obamacare Website: ‘Stay Away’ for Another Month”
As the Professor so diligently reminds, Consumer Reports “helped shove ObamaCare down your throats”.
Even the guy who started the Journolisters, Ezra Klein, is running for cover.
According to Master Journolister Klein the “glitches” are helping to mask some bigger problems with ObamaCare:
“The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein warned that the Obama administration is underplaying the problems facing its online exchanges by simply labeling them “glitches.” Ironically, according to Klein, the websites’ incapacity to handle Internet traffic is actually preventing users from encountering what may be the sites’ biggest problem.
“These aren’t glitches,” Klein said on Morning Joe on Monday. “The website, to a first approximation, simply isn’t working.”
He explained that the more fixable problem facing the website was dealing with traffic. The bigger problem, according to Klein, was whether the right information was being sent to insurers after users enroll, including messages that users hadn’t yet enrolled even if they had.
“That is a problem, I think, that the Obama administration is and should be worried about,” he said.”
There are a lot of ObamaCare non “glitches” for Dr. Frankenstein to be worried about. The racist Obama haters against ObamaCare at the New York Times explain:
“Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1. However, that goal struck many contractors as unrealistic, at least for major components of the system. Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting in January, although that view is not universally shared.
In interviews, experts said the technological problems of the site went far beyond the roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. Indeed, several said, the login problems, though vexing to consumers, may be the easiest to solve. One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.
“The account creation and registration problems are masking the problems that will happen later,” said one person involved in the repair effort.”
The deadline is December 15, 2013, not next March, for those who want their new ObamaCare policies because ObamaCare has destroyed their current insurance plan. A system shutdown for long periods of time is not possible because the deadline for many is December 15 not March 15, 2014. The “rate shock” price rises will knock the “affordable” out of ObamaCare and the deductibles and co-pays will make the “affordable” an extravagance they cannot afford.
National Journal‘s Ron Fournier has to be added to the racist ObamaCare haters list because he too is off the propaganda Hopium:
“Why Obama Should Be Freaked Out Over Obamacare
It’s worse than we know, this is the easy part, and millions of Americans could be hurt.
1. It’s worse than his team has let on. [snip] An administration spokesman told the Washington Post on Sunday that the “main driver of the problem is volume.” This is intentionally misleading.
The White House has heard complaints from insurance companies, consumers, and health policy experts about issues embedded deeply in the online system. For example: inaccurate information provided to people about federal tax credits; low-income people erroneously told they don’t qualify for Medicaid; and insurance companies getting confusing information about who has signed up.
The administration refuses to say how many people have enrolled through the federal exchange, the key metric for determining how well the online service is working in states that didn’t set up their own exchanges. There are two possible explanations for the Obama administration’s unconscionable lack of transparency. Their process is so screwed up that they don’t have the data, which would be embarrassing. Or they have the data – and it’s embarrassing.
2. This is the easy part. Finding and motivating people to take action online is the founding strength of Team Obama. This is what they do best. Managing a complex law is a different matter, and it’s fair to question whether the president and his team are up to it.
How do you convince healthy young Americans to pay for insurance they may not need in order to fund the program? Do companies shed workers and working hours to avoid coming under the law? Are people with cheap catastrophic plans forced to pay more in the exchanges? Tricky questions likes these will soon make the hard art of website design look like fingerpainting. “The online federal health care exchange, the heart of the Obamacare project, is such a rolling catastrophe that it may end up creating a major policy fiasco immediately rather than eventually,” wrote Ross Douthat in a New York Times column titled, “Obamacare, Failing Ahead of Schedule.” [snip]
3. It reflects poorly on the president.
4. It reflects poorly on government. [snip]Beyond Obamacare, the Democratic Party’s reputation for competency is as stake. The cost of the site is already $394 million, a massive amount compared to private-sector CMS work, and sure to grow.
5. It could hurt Americans.”
If Hillary Clinton or anyone else need a clue as to the mess of ObamaCare just consider the Barack Obama publicity stunt held on Monday. For three weeks the ObamaCare website horrors have been known. Barack Obama and his clown crew prepared a publicity stunt defense of ObamaCare for Monday. The idea was to have Barack Obama defend ObamaCare in front of ObamaCare fans. How much did the unlucky 13 people standing behind B.O. love ObamaCare? Or, as HotAir phrased it, “How many people onstage with Obama today have successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?” The answer is 3:
“Of the 13 people who flanked President Obama during his speech defending Obamacare in the Rose Garden Monday, just three had successfully registered for the new Obamacare exchanges. [snip]
The three people who were able to register included: Janice Baker, who introduced the president and as of last week was the only person to have successfully enrolled in health care coverage through Delaware’s state exchange; David Hall, an IT consultant who signed up for health care through the DC Health Link; and Zohre Abolfazli, who was able to register through healthcare.gov last night and still needs to shop for her “best plan.”
Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty would be embarrassed with the turnout of 3, Jack. But the embarrassment called Barack Obama is beyond embarrassment. Barack Obama will just outright lie. The latest Big Lie from Barack Obama is that the ObamaCare website is popular and so many visitors are good news and that the many visitors somehow translate to many enrollees. The Associated Press mocked that false assertion:
“However, the officials continue to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets. Without enrollment figures, it’s unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projecting by the Congressional Budget Office to gain coverage during the six-month sign-up period.”
“This is a question that comes up literally every single day at the White House. In the daily briefing, it comes up in other conversations that I have with administration officials every day. And every day they tell us, we don’t have that number yet. We’re going to provide the first enrollee number in mid-November. And, really what they’re trying to do at this point is, they’re being selectively transparent. They’re telling us numbers that make the system look good. They say that 19 million people have looked at HealthCare.gov since the site opened up to the public. They say that about a half million people will have actually gotten through the application process, that’s about as detailed as we’ve gotten at this point. But, you know, the enrollment figures, they say, ‘Oh, reporters, you’re just obsessed with this enrollment figure.’ Well, that’s because the enrollment figure is the only thing that tells us whether it’s actually going to work.“
As we wrote earlier the ObamaCare websites are the marketplace and the number of healthy enrollees and the number of sick enrollees matter because that it is the entirety of this particular marketplace. An Apple iphone is only one phone in the cellphone marketplace (there are Samsung phones and Blackberries and many other cell phones) but the ObamaCare enrollees are the entirety of that respective marketplace. Barack Obama and his clown crew are lying about this metric and they will lie about every other metric down the road.
Barack Obama and his clown crew are lying and they continue to lie. The ObamaCare websites are not working but from the Orwellian Obama clown crew the lies will not stop and they use American taxpayer dollars to outright lie to the American public. The latest ObamaCare advertisements are lies on top of lies:
“New Obamacare Ads Show How ‘Easy’ It Is to Use HealthCare.gov
On the same day that President Obama addressed the problems with the Affordable Care Act exchanges website at length from the White House Rose Garden, two new ads have been released on YouTube outlining just how “easy” HealthCare.gov is to navigate. [snip]
“Once I was on the site, it was pretty easy for me to compare plans” Daniel says. “I was able to pick a much higher-quality plan, and because of my income as a student, I only pay about 70 bucks a month for it.”
In the second ad, we meet 54-year-old Deborah from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, another American who already had health insurance but was “spending a fortune” each month. “The site was very easy to use,” Deborah says, “and the customer service representatives were patient and helpful.”
The ads are clearly meant to counter the prevailing narrative that the Obamacare website is full of “glitches” and impossible to use. They go several steps further than President Obama, who acknowledged the issues in his speech Monday morning, while still emphasizing the positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The president’s speech appropriately addressed the growing concern over the website, but anyone who missed the coverage and only sees these ads will likely think everything’s running perfectly.”
It’s government paid for propaganda worthy of Stalinist totalitarians.
It’s all lies. The lies matter because they mask the failure that is ObamaCare in one simple to see metric:
“With the website this poor, only the most determined people, who are likely to be the sickest ones most in need of insurance, may enroll, either by sheer persistence online or by putting in an application the old-fashioned way, either by phone or in person.
Younger and healthier people, accustomed to seamless online experiences, may not bother with a site that is decidedly clunky. If only sick or expensive people sign up, the exchanges could fall into a “death spiral” in which premiums go up to cover sicker enrollees, causing fewer healthy people to sign up, in a vicious cycle. And that’s the biggest single threat to Obamacare.
“Minutes after Obama finished his Rose Garden remarks Monday, POLITICO reporters dialed in.
“Your call cannot be completed at this time. Please try your call again later,” an automated message told one reporter. Another reporter made it further into the process — and was referred to HealthCare.gov.“
It’s a circle of death spiral. This circle of death kills jobs and eventually the economy.
“Not even the most ardent defenders of Obamacare — aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — claim anymore that the law will lower health coverage costs for Americans. How, then, will it achieve universal coverage, its central goal?
The short answer is, it won’t.
Last week, major insurers warned of double-digit premium hikes for small businesses and individuals when Obamacare goes into effect next year. Likewise, the nonpartisan Society of Actuaries this week estimated that costs to insurers that provide coverage to individuals will rise 32 percent on average within the first three years of the law, with premium increases sure to follow.
Similar analyses last year had already forced MIT’s Jonathan Gruber to admit that his projections that the law would lower premiums for young and old alike were wrong — even though his projections were instrumental in securing Obamacare’s passage. Gruber’s revised estimates now show that even the least affected states, such as Colorado, will experience premium hikes of nearly 20 percent by 2016.
Clearly, the word “affordable” should be scratched from the law for the sake of truth in advertising. But what about the “protection” part — namely, universal coverage?
That too is a lie.“
The “subsidies” which come from taxpayers after all were supposed to end the free rider problem but the taxpayer is still going to have to pay for the free riders that went to the emergency room and got free treatment anyway. Instead we will see more and more employers drop health coverage for full time employees like they are already doing against part time employees (part time employees being a growth population).
Is this a plan that makes a candidate supporting it in the 2016 general elections viable? We don’t think so. Our red flags are up.